Monthly Archives: May 2013

New Menu

Weekly Menu: Week 22

First, I want to apologize for the goofy mishap last week with the menu. I didn’t have time to work on it throughout the week on my workday lunch breaks, and when I got home on Friday, I realized I had no access to my computer at work. It’s a long, boring story, but I had accidentally deactivated remote access to my work iMac…wop, wop… So–there’s no actual menu file from last week (because I honestly don’t have the time to go back and make it), but you can get every one of the recipes I used on the last menu from my Week 21 Pinterest Board.

So that’s out of the way…

HI! It’s Week 22! Are you ready? I’m not feeling overly-motivated! Or rather, I’m anticipating a severe lack of cooking motivation this weekend because it’s a THREE! DAY! WEEKEND! Exciting stuff. I’m going to keep it pretty simple. I have quite a bit of food stored in my freezer–here’s a little inventory:

  • 1 pan of Spicy Chicken and Spinach Enchilada Stuffed Shells from last week
  • 1 pan of macaroni & cheese from I couldn’t even tell you which week…it’s been in the freezer for a minute
  • 12ish Sweet Peanut Butter Muffins from Week 20
  • 6 portions of Vanilla French Toast from every single week, since I make it every Saturday with leftover bread
  • 8ish Banana Banana Muffins from Week 19
  • 12ish Spinach Lasagna Rolls from Week 17
  • 6 individual portions of Carrot Cake Oatmeal from Week 19
  • 6 Low Sugar, Whole Grain Blueberry Orange Muffins from Week 17
  • 1 Braised Beef Roast (for tacos) from ages ago, that never made it into the crock pot

So…I have quite a bit to choose from, and breakfast is pretty well covered in our house at the moment. For that reason, I’m basically leaving the breakfast meals untouched this week, and I’ll just repeat what I did last week (and incidentally the week before). However, I am running low on oatmeal, so I’m going to make a batch of Blueberry/Raspberry Baked Oatmeal this weekend so I can have it on-hand in the freezer (and baby girl can eat it one day during the week).

Monday is a holiday, so I technically don’t have to make a menu for the baby, since she’ll be home. However, it makes my life much easier if we have a menu in place so that I don’t have to scramble for her meals. Even though I don’t meal plan for the weekends, I usually have at least a mental plan of what we’re going to eat on the weekends as well. I guess it stresses me out less if I’m somewhat prepared.

Surprise! This week, I’m most excited about the Hoisin Pork with Rice Noodles.

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…which means that meat is back in the game, friends! I love me some second trimester!

Here are the new recipes for this week:

Here are the recipes that I am pulling from my freezer (but make sure to add them to your grocery list if they aren’t stocked in your freezer already):

Here’s the full menu (including all of the recipes as pdf attachments), the grocery list, and the game plan.

I hope that everyone has a FANTASTIC, LONG, WONDERFUL holiday weekend!

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New Menu

Weekly Menu: Week 20

Happy Friday!!

I’ve seriously waited all week for today. It’s finally the weekend!

I’m starting to feel normal again. I hate to jinx myself, but I think that I am slowly approaching that wonderful “honeymoon” phase of my pregnancy. The “morning” sickness (which was really more of an “all-day” sickness) is happening less and less frequently, I haven’t been wanting to curl up in a ball on the sofa at 5:30 each day, and miracle of all miracles…I ate BEEF last night!

But then I had debilitating gas pain until approximately 2AM. So, there’s that.

Someday meat might return to the menu, but I’m clearly not ready yet.

I was informed this afternoon that a quick glance at my recent pins on Pinterest shows primarily pictures of pasta and various other forms of carb deliciousness.

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And…that is a very valid point. But there are some bird feeders and gardening ideas thrown in there for good measure!

This week is no less carb-centric, so I’m going to apologize in advance.

New Recipes This Week:

From the Freezer This Week:

I Don’t Have This Left in My Freezer, but Maybe You Do (yep, I just made this a category):

Here’s the full menu in pdf format, the grocery list, and the plan!

I hope everyone has a fantastic cooking-free week! =)

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New Menu

Weekly Menu: Week 19

I am honestly TRYING to break my pregnant self out of the carb-fest that I’ve been on for the past several weeks. However, my body really has a different idea. Eating is still posing some significant challenges at the moment.

  1. I still don’t want to eat meat (this lasted my entire pregnancy last time).
  2. Chicken literally makes me gag.
  3. Salad is iffy.

I have problems. Which means that you have problems too, if you’re following my menu. If you’re trying to be ‘bikini-ready’, you’ve surely come to the wrong place. However, I’m trying to keep you (and my poor protein-deficient husband) in mind when I plan the weekly menus. If it was only about me, the menu would look like this:

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Mmmmm.

But! I can’t do that to you guys. Instead, I’ll only sorta kinda carb bomb you.

I’m also trying to branch out a little bit on the toddler front, and give the little one some different variety. She does eat a very nutritious diet, but I’d like to make sure she’s trying new food often, and I sometimes feel like I have a hard time keeping it interesting.

So this week, we’ll try hummus. I honestly don’t know why I haven’t tried to give her hummus yet. I suppose I just never have it in the house because my husband hates it. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Coupled with my pregnancy-related malfunctions, I’m also having a problem motivating myself to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I’d much rather be enjoying the warmer weather, digging in the garden, strolling the baby, and playing at the playground. As a result, you may have noticed that I started making only 3 dinner meals per week, and I’ve also scaled down on the number of recipes in total that I make each weekend.

Incidentally, this will probably come back to bite me in the butt when my freezer starts to look a little sad and empty…but I’ll suffer the consequences later. I’d rather enjoy the weather.

The menu this week is pretty easy, so this is a good week to get started if you’re just jumping in!

That’s it! Pretty easy, right?

Here’s the full menu for the week, the grocery list, and the plan.

Have a great week!

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